Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Do or Die Time!

In the Fall a position is opening at my job that I'd be qualified for, but full-time would mean I'm finally committing to the library. My time would be greatly limited and a lot of things would change. You know that point in novels where the MC is faced with a decision that will forever change the direction of her life?
This is it: my turning point.

I need an illustration agent by November or my dream career will be put on hold. Perhaps indefinitely.

Did I ever tell you I need a little pressure to really shine? Well, here it is.

Between now and September I'll be working on my portfolio and building my list of art reps/illustration agents to query. (Sorry, Camp Nanowrimo!) I'm also working on developing a fun and whimsical style to go with my flash fiction pieces. How long does it take to develop a style? I have a little over a month to find out.

"No limits just epiphanies." - American Authors

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Are You a Pusher or Do You Need a Push?

Last Wednesday morning, my younger sister descended upon my house like a whirlwind and decided to rearrange the living room. I am not a morning person, and I often stay up late working on writing or art. So I was groggy and zombie-like and nowhere near inspired to move furniture. But, move furniture we did. And we cleaned, and dismantled the old entertainment center and put it out for trash pickup - all before noon. This is how my sister works. Afterward, you feel like you've been run over by the Clean House crew and Martha Stewart with a grudge to settle.

Thanks to my sister, the house feels more open and inviting, and I have one more thing crossed off the list of "things I've been meaning to do". On my own, I might've put the living room off a lot

Large projects don't daunt people like my sister. The more strenuous a job, the more she wants to do it, and she doesn't want to slow down just because it's hard. She's a pusher.

I am not a pusher. If I were a car, I'd be one that soars at top speed, but has trouble accelerating. Pushers can go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

With anything I do (including art and writing), once I have momentum, I'm cruising just fine. It's gaining that momentum that's often hard. That's why it's good for me to be around pushers.

Do you find yourself needing a little more motivation, or do you notice people telling you to slow down?

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